This year at Burghley

Horse & Hound has printed a great article by double Burghley winner, Andrew Hoy. He discusses the fences and tricky terrain that’s ahead for all riders. The four-star Burghley course is tricky to say the least. In the article Andrew talks us through all the fences and their difficulties. We have listed the fences you should look out for and the ones he thinks are the most challenging…

Fence 4abc

Leaf Pit Classic

Key fence

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“There’s no choice of fences to jump before the drop this year…The direct route should ride well, as it is very inviting, fair and not very narrow. The longer alternative is really easy, but the sharp left and right to get back on course afterwards will break horses’ rhythm and tire them in the long run.!

Fence 6 & 7abc

Discovery Valley

Difficulty rating – 8/10

“…it’s a clever fence. It’s flagged to make you think it should be tackled straight, but in fact it needs riding on a gentle curve.”

Fence 10 &11ab

Land Rover Trout Hatchery

Difficulty rating – 9/10

“Fence 10 is a really big brush ‘basket’ surmounted with goose eggs, in the first Trout Hatchery water, with another big grassy knoll on the approach. Arrive at it underpowered or in incorrect balance and it won’t be a nice experience.”

There are 3 more fences that Andrew considers the most difficult. Keep an eye out for future WOW Saddle posts to find out which ones they are…

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First Thought Equine manufactures original and innovative equine saddlery products, including Flair, the Air Flocking system, and WOW saddles. Our mission is to produce products that will improve and enhance equine performance. We have achieved this through testing, field trialing and prototyping over many years on all types of equines, in all disciplines.

Posted on August 30, 2012, in Burghley Horse Trials and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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